Welcome to Darkes Forest Riding Ranch


Darkes Forest Riding Ranch and Boarding stables 30 min South of Sydney, 30 min north of Wollongong was established in 1971. 


For 33 years our family owned and operated horse riding ranch, set in native bushland is a great place to enjoy a horse ride or a horse riding lesson. 


We have experienced ride leaders and instructors that are keen to share their love of horse riding with people of all ages and experience levels. 


There are activities and classes designed especially for children.  We offer lessons for beginners and advanced riders of all ages. We also cater for both trail ride and pony ride birthday parties.



We have a kiosk on site, so stay for lunch or have a coffee and read the paper.


We’re open 7days a week, all year round [except Christmas and New Years day] Come and ride with us today.


We want to make your visit with us fun! We offer the following facilities:

  • Barbecue and picnic facilities
  • A gift shop -- purchase that special shirt, hat or other gift to take a bit of Darkes Forest home with you!
  • Ample parking
  • Helmets provided for all riders
  • Agistment facilities
    • Enclosed footwear required on property at all times